Two Minute Drill - Iowa Post-game



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Men's Basketball
Two Minute Drill - Iowa Post-Game
By Rob Ogden

Thad Matta Updates

* Matta said he's got to figure out why the Buckeyes committed so many unforced errors in the second half against Iowa. He said they can't let one mistake turn into more.

* He said they were slow-reacting on offense, and added that you can't have that happen in this caliber of a game.

* Matta repeatedly mentioned a lack of "connection" for the Buckeyes on offense. 

* Matta said it's not time to panic. He said the biggest challenge will be making sure they're focused on getting better.

* He said they need LaQuinton Ross to be at his best, and can't afford for him to make untimely mistakes as he did again and again Sunday.

* The biggest thing the team lacks right now is consistency, Matta said.

Aaron Craft Updates

* Craft was at all loss for words when asked about the unforced errors in the second half. He said they didn't make smart decisions with the basketball.

* Craft said they lacked the effort needed on defense to stop Iowa in the paint, especially in the first half, when the Hawkeyes had 30 of their 37 points in the panit.

* He said he didn't think Sunday's loss had anything to do with the loss at Michigan State last week. "I think we did a good job of moving on. This is not connected. It's on us."

* Craft said they can't panic. Instead they need to focus on improving. "There's still a lot of basketball to be played. The worst thing we can do is feel sorry for ourselves. We can't keep this going. We have to find a way to pick ourselves up. No one's gonna do it for us."

LaQuinton Ross Updates

* Ross said they knew Iowa would play an aggressive style of defense, but they still didn't take good care of the ball, even in critical situations.

* He said he wasn't bothered by sitting out much of the second half against Michigan State last week, and said his poor performance in East Lansing motivated him for Sunday's game.

* Ross said they weren't surprised by Iowa's zone defense, because they had seen it on film, and added they just didn't execute.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery Updates

* McCaffery said Ohio State is as resilient of a team as he's seen in a long time. He said he knew his team would have to match that resiliency if they were going to win.

* McCaffery said it's a fair assessment to say Sunday's win was his biggest at Iowa.

* He said he's not surprised about how far Cleveland native Aaron White (19 points, 6 rebounds) has come as a player, and added  "We're thrilled to have him."

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